I have been reading "Economix: How Our Economy Works (and Doesn't Work), in Words and Pictures", by Michael Goodwin & illustrated by Dan E. Burr. I highly recommend you all pick this one up right straight away! (Amazon link) I found this as it was rated one of the top recent graphic novels at my local public library.
Basically, it is a complete history of economics and policies, with insight and commentary from pre-industrial era all the way past our 2008 housing / debt / derivatives crisis. And it is an illustrated comic book too! The commentary on how the World Wars I and II developed is especially fascinating. The authors connect the crash 1929 and downward spirals in world trade to the effects this would have on a country that completely relied on world trade (Japan). The effects of this directly lead to Japan becoming aggresive and attacking China, then attacking the US prior to targeting oil in Indonesia. That was insightful! There are plenty of other gems, such as why the US entered World War I when it did. How did tax brackets change from the 1950's to the 1980's, and why, etc etc. Really this book is a gem! [more]
Ford (F) is going to introduce an F-150 truck that will feature a body made of aluminum. This is not striking as the first vehicle ever made of aluminum (or aluminium if you are British) but may mark a large shift towards better materials in vehicles. [more]
If you have time, you should read this piece from Salon.com. A group in Switzerland is proposing a minimum universal paycheck. Everyone in the country would get paid $2800 a month, regardless of what they do or have done. [more]
Twitter announced several months ago that it had filed for an IPO (#TwitterIPO). Yesterday they released info on the revenue and income of the Twitter business. Growth in revenue was tremendous from 2012 to 2013 first half. [more]
I looked up the last time that the US government failed and had a shutdown over the lack of a budget. Back in the end of 1995 and early 1996, the Republicans caused a government shutdown over the budget. Good ole' Newt. [more]